Improving medicine distribution and adherence

How to increase patient safety while also reducing healthcare expenditure? This is where smart innovations make a serious difference. During our round table on Patient Safety & Cost-effectivenss, forty stakeholders from Colombia found out about a solution for improved medicine distribution.

It is developed by Global Factories, a leading company in pharmacy automation for pharmacies and care providers. They produce machines which repack and verify different types of medicine or vitamins into personalized cups and blistercards. The right dosage is distributed at the appropriate frequency. This way, distribution is made safer, adherence is increased, and the risk of patients readmitting to hospital is lowered.

Solving several urgent problems

Mr. Marco de Jong, Business Development Director at Global Factories, explained how this is achieved. An intriguing discussion followed during the Q&A. Multiple reasons for possible collaborations came to light.

  • The cost of patients readmitting to hospitals is high in Colombia.
    This can be reduced by increasing medicine adherence through Global Factories’ approach.

  • Patient safety has been a pressing issue in Colombia.
    There have been cases where the wrong medication was given and the consequences were severe, including the death of young patients. A new bill was passed to improve patient safety, but it mainly focuses on correct labeling. Global Factories uses automated verification to leave no room for human error, making sure the necessary medicine is distributed.

  • In Colombia, multi-dose dispensation of vitamins is not yet possible in hospitals and elderly homes.Global Factories’ repacking solution does offer this possibility, delivering the required combination of medicine or vitamins in one card. This is done at 80 cents (USD) per strip.

  • During the current pandemic, reducing the amount of face-to-face meetings is important.
    With its Meds-Alert system securing the medicine cards, Global Factories makes sure distribution and delivery is safe. This also applies to distant rural areas.

  • In many cases, family members and/or caregivers have to check whether the medication has been taken.
    Global Factories’ Meds-Alert system enables remote monitoring, so they can check in on the patient anytime, anywhere. Also, because of the blistercard, they no longer have to sort the medicine themselves.

  • Colombia’s healthcare system has to deal with challenges related to antibiotic resistance.
    Global Factories’ solutions can help by regulating the intake of antibiotics. Mr. De Jong said Global Factories is currently working to fight the resistance to tbc medicine in India.

  • Due to cases of corruption, fake medicine may be in circulation.
    Through personalized dosages, verification, and monitoring, Global Factories ensures the genuine medicine is distributed.

Improving performance and lowering costs

Global Factories’ solutions remove the barrier of travel, which reduces stress for the patient. In addition, because the right dosage and right combination of medicine is delivered at the required frequency, medicine waste is reduced. And so, not only is the risk of readmittance lowered; costs go down as well.

After an assessment in 2016, the OECD advised Colombia to improve its healthcare performance and patient outcomes. Global Factories’ repacking solutions can help healthcare providers take an important next step.

Are you interested in improving medicine distribution and adherence? Find out more about Global Factories and reach out to them today.

This was the second of four round tables. Next up are round tables on Mobility & Vitality and Evidence-based Telehealth.


Global Factories makes medicine distribution safer


Patient safety & cost-effectiveness